Expert Available to Discuss Review of Texas’s Voter ID Laws by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans


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    Credit: Ithaca College

    Donathan L. Brown, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Ithaca College

Donathan L. Brown is the co-author of the forthcoming book “Voting Rights under Fire: The Continuing Struggle for People of Color (Racism in American Institutions).” He is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Ithaca College.

The court will examine a previous ruling on the law, which requires Texas voters to present one form of photo identification before their vote can be considered official. Those without such documentation can obtain special election identification certificates for free, but only if they present their birth certificate. Opponents of the Texas law say the cost associated with finding and obtaining copies of birth certificates can range from $2 to $47 and is, in essence, a poll tax.

Brown’s expertise is in race and public policy, race and the Supreme Court, and political rhetoric. “Voting Rights Under Fire” will be published May 31 by Praeger. It was co-authored by Michael Clemons. Brown also co-authored the 2014 book “When Race and Policy Collide: Contemporary Immigration Debates.”

Brown can be reached at dbrown@ithaca.edu. The best times to reach him are: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon and 2p.m.-5 p.m. Beginning May 18, email response time may vary as Brown will be out of the country.

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